The legal defence to a prosecution is that the company had "adequate procedures in place" to minimise the risk of corruption. In this context, it is important for a company to carry out a risk assessment when it proposes to appoint a supplier in a new location.
What are the most corrupt countries?
Nor surprisingly, the worst corruption locations are countries suffering from wars (Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Afghanistan) or "rogue states" such as North Korea. These are, sadly, rather obvious examples and relatively few relocation companies will have regular activities there.
But move up the corruption league table just a little and you quickly come across countries where you may well have client activity. For example, if you are involved with the oil and gas sector, you are likely to have activities in "high risk" countries such as Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.
What are the least corrupt countries?
On a positive note, congratulations to Denmark which is, officially, the least corrupt country in the world - followed closely by New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
What all this means in practice is that, using the illustration of Russia and its "low corruption" neighbour, Finland, a court may expect higher levels of due diligence to be carried out on the appointment of a Russian supplier compared with a similar supplier appointment in Finland.
Fortunately, we can confirm from personal experience that there are several excellent relocation suppliers in Russia!
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